This Week in Misogyny (With a Side of Transmisogyny)

I took last week off from recapping the misogynistic crap in the news because, for once, I couldn’t find that much to report on! But then this week happened, and it’s like the world decided to make up for lost time. I should have known.

The government shutdown affects quite a few Americans, but women are disproportionately screwed by several of the programs that are unavailable until Congress gets their act together. (Though, putting the shutdown of the pandacam on the same level as women losing WIC grants to feed their babies is kinda bullshit, Slate.) In the days leading up to the shutdown, Republicans tried to force through a measure that would allow business owners to refuse to give their employees contraception coverage.

Rick Perry is trying to walk back his wife’s statement that abortion “could be a woman’s right, just like it’s a man’s right if he wants to have some kind of procedure.” He also seems to think that implementing Obamacare is a felony and that it’s great that all the “unnecessary” government agencies are shut down. Who cares that children can’t get cancer treatments and that many government employees such as FBI and TSA agents still have to work, but without getting paid until Congress reaches a deal?

The ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project is fighting in federal court to challenge a law in Norristown, PA that can force landlords to evict tenants who call 911 multiple times, even if they’re calling for help because they’re domestic violence victims.

Good news—Marissa Alexander is getting a new trial! She had been sentenced to 20 years in prison after firing a warning shot to scare off her abusive husband and unsuccessfully fought for protection under Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law. However, the jury was given incorrect instructions regarding the legal definition of self-defense, so a judge called for a retrial.

Two former school officials in Pennsylvania are facing criminal charges after exchanging a series of obscenely racist and sexist text messages on their work cell phones.

Officials in the UK fear that the Cameroonian practice of breast ironing may be taking place in immigrant populations.

To hell with reasoned responses to David Gilmour’s bullshit about only teaching the writings of “[s]erious heterosexual guys.” Book Riot went straight for the gifs. Flavorwire also has a good rundown of sexist quotes from famous writer dudes.

A Connecticut newspaper editor thinks print journalism is dying because of single moms. Seriously.

Indeed, newspapers still can sell themselves to traditional households — two-parent families involved with their children, schools, churches, sports, civic groups, and such. But newspapers cannot sell themselves to households headed by single women who have several children by different fathers, survive on welfare stipends, can hardly speak or read English, move every few months to cheat their landlords, barely know what town they’re living in, and couldn’t afford a newspaper subscription even if they could read. And such households constitute a rising share of the population.

Citation needed, dipshit.

Romeo Rose is a raging misogynistic douchecanoe racist, but you probably already knew that.

Will the gaming industry ever stop being fucked up?

  • Transgender journalist Laura Dale was repeatedly misgendered and called “it” onstage during a Microsoft event at the Eurogamer Expo.
  • Grand Theft Auto V decided to get in on the transmisogyny, featuring a music group called She Male Bop whose members are trans women. In the additional content online, the writers joke that LBGT “stands for Lady Boy’s Gigantic Tits,” which aside from being immature doesn’t even get the acronym right.
  • Also, we’re not sure why “Male Gamers Only” ads for Wartune have been showing up on PMag, but we’ve now blocked them and they should be disappearing soon. Sorry about that! Sadly, those seem to be some of their least offensive ads compared to some of the other shit that comes up in an image search. Gross.

Speaking of transmisogyny, trans high school student Cassidy Campbell has become a target of hate-filled messages since being elected homecoming queen, with one prominent anti-LGBT pastor saying, “He [sic] has a mental illness.”

Gawker asked its readers to share any nude pictures they may have of xoJane’s Jane Pratt. Stay classy, Gawker.

Thanks for the really stupid sex/relationship advice, HuffPo. Fine, taking the lead and initiating sex is great, but if your relationship dies out because you wear comfy pjs and ask for what you want in bed, your SO was an asshole and you’re better off single. (Publishing this in the Divorce section of the website seems especially blame-y, too.)

Recommended Reading

  • Lauren Mayberry of the band Chvrches speaks out against the misogynistic crap she and other female musicians have to deal with from “fans” on the internet.
  • Related, Alternative Press has a great list of the 9 Things Women In Music Are Sick Of Experiencing.
  • #300feministsandwiches is a hilariously punny reaction to whatever the fuck is going on with this lady.
  • A female doctor discusses the problems with patients assuming she’s a nurse.
  • Technology columnist Farhad Manjoo explains why men should wear makeup.
  • Rolling Stone has a longread on sexual assault, cyberbullying, and teen suicide.
  • A group of Oscar and Emmy nominated filmmakers are asking for stories about sexual assault on college campuses.
  • Gloria Steinem wrote an op-ed in support of the transgender community.
  • Hey whaddya know? When you actually look at the demographics of kids who watch different TV shows, it turns out that boys like “girl” shows like Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First just as much as girls do.
  • New York City is launching a public health campaign in support of girls’ self-esteem. While I’m glad they’re trying to combat unrealistic body ideals that are common in the media I’m still slightly side-eying the “I’m beautiful the way I am” tagline since beautiful isn’t freaking everything a girl should aspire to be.
Banner ad of a young girl playing the violin, with text reading, "I'm a girl. I'm creative, a leader, sporty, friendly, bold, honest, playful, and unique. I'm beautiful the way I am."
Image via NYC Girls Project.

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Hillary is a giant nerd and former Mathlete. She once read large swaths of "Why Evolution is True" and a geology book aloud to her infant daughter, in the hopes of a) instilling a love of science in her from a very young age and b) boring her to sleep. After escaping the wilds of Waco, Texas and spending the next decade in NYC, she currently lives in upstate New York, where she misses being able to get decent pizza and Chinese takeout delivered to her house. She lost on Jeopardy.

7 thoughts on “This Week in Misogyny (With a Side of Transmisogyny)”

  1. The US National Advocates for Pregnant Women are challenging a case in Wisconsin where a pregnant woman was arrested because she told her doctor she had a history of abusing pain medication.

    According to papers filed with the court, Ms. Beltran was forcibly taken into custody by law enforcement when she was 15 weeks pregnant, put into handcuffs and shackles, and brought to a court hearing. Although a lawyer had already been appointed to represent her fetus, Ms. Beltran had no right to counsel — and therefore had no attorney — at her initial court appearance. Then, without testimony from a single medical expert, the court ordered her to be detained at an inpatient drug treatment program two hours from her home.

    http://advocatesforpregnantwomen.org/blog/2013/10/first_fed_challenge_to_pregnan.php

    Foetal personhood laws: fucking shit up for women wherever they are used!

  2. I was so pleased to see Gloria Steinem’s op ed. Yay, some second-wave feminists get it!

    I want to be unequivocal in my words: I believe that transgender people, including those who have transitioned, are living out real, authentic lives. Those lives should be celebrated, not questioned. Their health care decisions should be theirs and theirs alone to make. And what I wrote decades ago does not reflect what we know today as we move away from only the binary boxes of “masculine” or “feminine” and begin to live along the full human continuum of identity and expression.

  3. I had never heard of Doc McStuffins until I stumbled across a post by Miss Representation quoting the creator’s interview. The show creator wanted to create a fun show for her son (she’s regularly asked why she didn’t make the doc a boy). And apparently Disney wanted to produce her show and informed her that they wanted more diverse programming. “So, how about we make her black?” Show creator: “Awesome! Let’s do it!” Don’t even know what this woman looks like but I’m a fan.

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